There are many benefits to being in a relationship including increased happiness and a longer life as long as it’s a healthy partnership. But how can you tell if it is?
Sometimes when in a relationship, it’s hard to see from the inside whether it’s a toxic one. However, by learning some of the qualities of a healthy relationship, you can better assess if your partner is helping you or hurting you.
Here are some things to keep in mind about healthy relationships.
This isn’t just about staying faithful also that’s a big trust issue. You should be comfortable that your partner is committed to you, and isn’t actively seeking someone else.
At the same time, this means that your partner shouldn’t question your motives with your friendships, as they are essential as well to a happy partnership.
But trust goes beyond that. It’s also about knowing you can talk to your partner about your thoughts and feelings without them broadcasting them to everyone. It also means you can rely on your partner to follow through on things you’ve agreed on.
Building trust also means telling each other the truth and keeping your partner informed without withholding information, even if it’s bad news. If you’re afraid to talk to your partner because you think they’ll react negatively or not be supportive, that’s not going to create trust.
If your partner is constantly putting you down or making you feel like you’ve failed, then they probably don’t respect your feelings. Instead, they should be helping you overcome obstacles and celebrating your victories.
If you find your partner ignoring you, or making hurtful comments about you while you’re around (a bit of poking fun at one another can be acceptable and even beneficial), those are red flags.
Meanwhile, kindness means your partner will go out of their way to make you feel good. Choosing words carefully, even during disagreements, is a sign of respect and that your partner wants to preserve your bond.
You can answer some questions using a relationship tester to assess the strength of your bond. But one of the questions you might want to ask yourself might be: does my partner try as hard as I do?
This is not just about who does the chores if you’re in a co-habiting arrangement, or how much money both partners are contributing to the household or entertainment. (Although if those are constantly out of whack, then it might be time to reassess.)
It’s also about whether your partner considers your opinions, and if they are flexible to include activities you enjoy even if they don’t enjoy them.
There are many signs of a good relationship that include showing respect, building trust and striving to give as much as you take.
By recognizing the qualities of a healthy relationship, you can help ensure your partnership is strong and beneficial.
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